CENTRAL ASIA INSTITUTE

Changing Balances in Central Asia and Increasing need for Permanent Peace

As the Soviet Union collapsed, controversial borders, un-shared water resources and ethnic problems were inherited in the Central Asian region. The region where this "unwanted" heritage is seen intensely is the Fergana Valley. Although there were conflicts in various periods due to its existing...

The “Achilles” Heel of the Fergana Valley: Tajik-Kyrgyz Border Issue

Fergana Valley, which is the key of Eurasian geopolitics, has become a geography that hosted the problems between Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the Post-Soviet Period. This case deeply undermines the economic and social development of the region. Owing to ethnic and cultural divisions...

What is Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Conflicts Teaching About: Seeking Cooperation in Central Asia

The recent border conflict between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries on both sides, concluded with the moderate attempts of the leaders. In this process, the approaches of the Central Asian countries giving importance to the peace in the...

The Kyrgyz-Tajik Border Conflict or The Return of “Great Game”

The tension between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, which started once again on April 28 due to the long-standing problems of border and water resources, turned into conflict on April 29, 2021. The conflict first started with the people throwing stones at each other and then...

Turkmenistan’s Role in Constructing Global Peace and Security

On March 24, 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan organized a video conference titled “The Importance of Peace and Security in the Modern World” and owing to this event, the Ashgabat administration clearly demonstrated its constructive role in building global peace. The...

The Reflection of Asia Anew Initiative: Central Asia Visits of Çavuşoğlu

Having visited Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan on 5-10 March 2021, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his delegation held important contacts in the region. These visits reveal how serious Turkey is with Central Asia in its foreign policy and also show Turkey’s growing influence...

The Permanent Neutrality Status of Turkmenistan as the Assurance of Regional-Global Peace and Security

In the transition from the 20th century to the 21st century and in the recent times, there are two basic concepts that the whole world is talking and worrying about. These are undoubtedly “peace” and “security”. The establishment of peace and security has not been...

A Crisis into an Opportunity: “Movement of Great Change” and “New Uzbekistan”

2020, considered as one of the longest years in history, was indeed a very difficult year for the whole world. The multidimensional crises-developments, especially Covid-19, once again showed that strong cooperation within and around the countries is inevitable. Otherwise, it would not be easy...

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